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The Center for Faith Studies’ mission is “to provide study of what it means to be the community of people through whom God is experienced.” The Center offers a spectrum of classes, events and a popular lecture series. The Center has drawn thousands of people from our own congregation and the wider Omaha community and covers a wide range of topics and subject matter.

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Coming November 6!

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Tunette Powell presentation now posted!

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Ms Powell’s presentation The Truth Heals: One Woman’s Journey to Wholeness for the Center for Faith Studies on October 9 2014 is now posted.  Click here 

2014-2015 Lecture Series Brochure

CFS Dwell with Me Lecture Series Brochure

Beginning with Christian Piatt on September 25th we are excited to announce the speakers for the 2014-2015 season.  Please click on the link above to see our season brochure.

Save the Dates!

The 2014-2015 line up of speakers has been scheduled.  Within the next few weeks, a brochure of the year’s speakers will be available.  Mark your calendars now:

September 25 2014 – Christian Piatt. Author of several books, including the “Banned Questions” series and soon to be released postChristian:What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?

October 9 2014 – Tunette Powell. Omaha TedX speaker, author of The Other Woman, and founder of The Truth Heals Foundation to support women and girls affected by fatherlessness.

November 6 2014 – Frank Schaeffer. Author of Crazy for God and promoting his most recent book Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace.  A best selling author, frequent guest on Rachel Maddow, NPR and the BBC, Frank is a favorite of Countryside members!

January 15 2015 – Lecia Brooks. Outreach Director, Southern Poverty Law Center. Director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Brooks will paint the picture of the state of intolerance and extremism across racial, religious, and gender lines today in America.

February 26 2015 –Reverend Dr. Jim Antal. Dr Antal authored and successfully worked for the passage of the resolution of the Massachussetts Conference  (UCC) to divest from fossil fuel in July 2013. A passionate activist on behalf of environmental issues, Dr. Antal will talk on the unique and distinct role of faith-based people in the movement for right relationship with the Earth.

March 19, 2015 – Deborah Grassman. Author of Peace At Last and The Hero Within. Grassman, in the course of her career, personally took care of 10,000 dying veterans and has single-handedly improved hospice care for veterans across the nation. She retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs and now provides education and consultation throughout the country.

April 9, 2015 –  Lucianne Walkowicz.    A participant in the Keppler mission and a TED speaker, Walkowicz is an astrophysicist at Princeton and multimedia artist. Her talk will invite us to wonder and delves into a question both scientific, and fundamentally human: what is the nature of life in the universe?

Dowd Presentation Now Available online

To view Michael Dowd’s July 31 presentation, The Future is Calling Us to Greatness, please Click Here

Michael Dowd on July 31!

July 31     at     7 PM

Rev. Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to future. His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum.

July’s talk will focus on Climate Change – sounding a message of hope while not denying the science.

“Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing, irreversibly, the very climate of our world. Henceforth, any actions we take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of climate change. What vision will carry us forward through such times and inspire us to work together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite us as a species in joyful self-sacrifice and service? What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed, calling us to greatness? “

Lillian Daniel Coming May 29!

Pastor, writer and teacher, Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn Illinois since 2004. Her newest book, When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church is a provocative case for why religious community matters. Other works include What My Mother Gave Me, Tell It Like It Is, and This Odd and Wondrous Calling.  An editor-at-large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at ucc.org, with over 20,000 subscribers. She has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.” A frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has graciously agreed to return to Countryside to share her wisdom and wit.   Lecture/Q& A/Book Signing/Reception.  Thursday, May 29th at 7 PM.  


Bill McKibben video is now available

Center for Faith Studies presents Bill McKibben via Skype.

Bill McKibben (5-1-14) from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.

Bill McKibben speaking via Skype at Center for Faith Studies May 1 at 6 p.m.

Center for Faith Studies presents Author & Environmentalist, Bill McKibben.
Thursday, May 1st
6:00 p.m. CDT
Countryside Community Church
8787 Pacific St.
Lecture via Skype
Tickets currently available in the church office  as well as at the door on the night of the event.
Suggested donation $10.00


Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Bill’s talk will describe the current state of global warming through an explanation of the basic math and science of climate change. He will give updates on the movement working to end our reliance on fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources.

Bill will join us via Skype in an effort to practice what he preaches, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Eric Elnes, Ph. D. will give a brief introduction and facilitate the discussion.


Video for Ani Zonneveld is now available!

Ani Zonneveld Lecture and Q&A March 27, 2014

Ani Zonneveld from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.